St. Rogue Red | Rogue Ales

St. Rogue RedSt. Rogue Red
1,050 Ratings
St. Rogue RedSt. Rogue Red

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

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Ratings: 1,050 |  Reviews: 676
Photo of MiScusi
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the tap into a pint glass. This was one of those red/amber ales that is translated into the more bitter/hoppy type rather than one that focuses a little more on sweet hops, and big surprise- it comes from Oregon. The St. Rogue Red really does contain quite a bit of bitterness for an amber and how you review it basically depends on what you were expecting or what you normally look for in an amber ale. Thankfully I've had both ends of the amber/red ale spectrum and I honestly prefer those that contain more proportions of malt and caramel. This isn't a bad beer though, its just more of a full bodied, dark, pale ale.

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Photo of LordChesterfield
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this stuff by accident. But anyway, it pours pretty darkly with a weak tan head. It smells pretty hoppy with some malt. Its flavor is all hop and very little malt at all. Yes I would like some beer with my hops thank you. The color is kind of a strange rust that would also lead you to expect malt. It's good just not worth the price rogue is asking for it. I've bitten into a hop before and it doesn't taste unlike this. I bet if I aged this stuff for a year or two it would mellow out a bit.

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Photo of sacrelicio
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is one good beer. I couldn't wait for the full review process (observe, smell, taste, swish, judge) so I took a good gulp as soon as I poured it. This is some good shit.

It pours a beautiful ruby red with a slight amber shade and a nice off-white head. Good lacing, too. Dazzling.

The smell is very fruity, with a stunning bouquet of berries, plums, grapes and a potpourri pot of spice. Pure, complex, and amazing.

The taste starts off as pure strawberry, with raisin, leafy hops, some slight bitterness and soapyness (which I like) and a good dose of flowers. Very nice. I can't imagine a better flavor profile right now. Very unique, refreshing and satisfying.

The mouthfeel is velvety and soft, but with a nice weight to it. A velvet hammer, if you will.

The drinkibility is what puts this over the top. I could drink these all day and night, no matter the season or time of day. My first perfect 5.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a brownish-orange with medium off-white head and decent lacing. Aroma was not real strong, but what was there was mostly floral and grassy hops at the beginning, but by mid-glass became more of a malty nut smell. Flavor was likewise, although the floral hops tended to be the most dominant throughout the entire glass, with a nice smooth finish. Another good offering by Rogue.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful reddish copper color that is crystal clear. The head is off-white and very fluffly. While it dissipates at a medium rate and ends at a thin cap of very rugged/fluffy surfaced head, it has excellent lacing all the way down the glass. Moderate carbonation activity from within.

Smell - Somewhat of a weak aroma from this brew but all the essential properties are there. Sweet fruits (apricot, plum, fig, etc.) up front, with a rich toasted malt character in the background. The hops are hard to detect, but what is there is crisp, citrusy, and has a nice bitterness to it. Little alcohol burn on the nose, but present.

Taste - The comes out first with the sweet fruits, and this very quickly gives way to the rich yet tamed flavor of toasted malts. The hops really shine in the taste, again having crisp, citrusy-bitter attributes to them. There is some moderate earthiness in the finish and this same earthiness dominates the aftertaste with a bit of the bitterness from the hops lingering on the rear sides of your tongue. Overall a very balanced flavor. The alcohol stands out more here than in the aroma but doesn't take away from the taste of this brew.

Mouthfeel - Light- to medium-bodied with decent smoothness. The carbonation is well-done, not too much and not too little.

Drinkability - A perfect session beer in my opinion. The flavors are very well-balanced and this has a nice boost in the hops department over other red ales I've had, which I happen to enjoy.

Overall, a very fine red ale that can stand with the best of them. Definitely has the Rogue touch to the style, and while some Rogue brews are taken a bit too far, in my opinion, this one is done almost to perfection. An excellent brew that is definitely recommended.

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Photo of supercolter
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is reddish, hmm... with a one finger head and a bit of lacing.
Smell is a bit weak but nice and balanced, with a bit of hops and possibly dark fruit mixed with a stronger scent of sweet malt.
Taste is quite good, a strong representation of a much drier malt than expected and a bit of hops to finish.
Mouthfeel is a medium body with some carbonation left.
Drinkability is decent.

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Photo of orfeu
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Chill-hazed burnt orange with a rocky and pock-marked khaki head. Gigantic pine and citrus hop aromas from the dry-hopping (although I've not yet sampled the "regular" St. Rogue Red for comparison). Bitter grapefruit pith and bergamot flavors dance around the tongue up front; then a bready malt structure makes its presence known until a piney bitterness returns to puncture the palate at the end. Citrusy spruce burps, but nothing "nostril-stinging". Chewy mouthfeel, medium body, but under-carbonated (most likely from the growler not being sealed tightly enough right away). Delicious beer all around. A super sessionable red ale that's *almost* worth the slightly high price ($11.99 a 1/2-gallon)

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Photo of oberon
4.64/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have wanted to try this beer for some time and I got my growler filled today at Consumers.Poured a slight hazed light amber with a tight well formed 1/2 finger head that left a ring of lace as it settled.Ah man the aromas of this beer would make any hophead speak in tongues at first smell,I popped open the growler to fresh squeezed grapefruit and damp pine needles with underlying freshly mown grass just beautiful and to me pretty much perfect.The fresh hop flavors just abound here really wake up the taste buds there is a sweet caramel malt base there and it holds up ok until the finish when the big dose of fresh citrusy/piney and extremely resiny hop comes crashing thru.Burping fresh tasting hop is a treat,by far my new favorite red its so good I might finish off the growler today!Ouch.

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Photo of Deconstructionis
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There are many Rogues I prefer to this red ale, but this is another example of why Rogue is the premier nationally distributed brewery in North America. Even it's "average" offerings are better than the beer produced by all but a handful of loca/regional microbrewers.

As the name suggests it's red-- on the copper side of the spectrum; it's mostly translucent with a slight haze. Pours a thick head but a "bubblier" head than most Rogue beers and subsides to an inch or so rapidly. I prefer a finer beaded, stiffer head, but that's quibbling, I suppose.

Taste is robust, malty, caramelized stands out, sweet, with a certain crusty bread note, not particularly hoppy and not quite as bitter as I generally prefer. It's a medium/light bodied beer with significant carbonation. Very drinkable I'd consider this an excellent session beer as it goes down easy but it's not as flavorful and interesting as many Rogue beers.

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Photo of maek228
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Ruby red in color....quite murky. Decent orange hued head fizzed up when poured. Looks "sludgy"

Smell: Smells faintly of sweet malts

Taste: Upfront, it's sweet toasted malts that have notes of caramel. Hop finish is dry. Taste is good, yet more complexity is desired.

Mouthfeel: Thin...has a flat soda feel to it at times.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but gets boring.

Overall this beer is weak

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Photo of phishgator
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Nice large tanned head with a deep copper/amber with slight chill haze. A bit of grassy/herbal hops, toasted and or smoked malts, carmel, and that somes up the aroma. The taste is bitter throughout. There is a astringent metallic taste that creeps into the aftertaste (bitterness). There is carmel to add to the balance, but this brew is not well balanced and the hops take over. The mouthfeel is chewy with a suprisingly light body. I would say that I wouldn't turn it down. It is not their best.

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Photo of pweis909
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a reddish brown with a tawny head that dissipates in a few minutes. Pretty much like other reds, which I always find pretty to look at.

S- Aroma promises caramel malt sweetness.

T-The sweet malts give the initial impression. Nice, but not as interesting as Rogue's Hazelnut-Nectar Brown. Now there was some delicious sweet malt. This one doesn't have the same wow factot. After a few sips, the maltiness seemed to become less noticeable, and some bitterness crept through.

M-Somewhat creamy in the mouth

D-For some reason, this one doesn't "wear" well for me. By the time I was onto a 2nd one, I lost interest. I guess it is a but one-dimensional.

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Photo of hanco005
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single bottle purchased at Cellar’s at Larp and Lex, poured into a pint glass

A—slightly hazy ruby brown with a sizzling sandy tan ¾ inch head, dissolves quickly leaving a thin layer of foam, lacing is non-existent

S—malty, sweet, over ripe dark fruits, some Belgian aroma, I think, but on the milder side

T—some caramel and a bit of toffee, just a touch of hops, it’s good, I don’t want to describe it, I want to drink it

M—a bit slick, medium in body and carbonation

D—it’s good and possibly a good session choice.

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Photo of EStreet20
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - Pours out a dark reddish copper color with a one finger bubbly off white head. Head stays nicely. Not much lacing present.

S - A nice malty aroma leads in. A hint of some subtle sweetness.

T - Has a nice roasted malt flavor. A bit of hoppiness speaks up and provides a nice balanced smooth flavor. Has nearly the roastiness of a brown ale.

M - A nice medium body. Decent carbonation supports the flavors well.

D - A nice quaffer from Rogue with a nice toasted malt flavor.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz pint. From notes. This beer arrived a solid amber color with a small half finger of head. Clarity was very good with small bubbles periodically working towards the head. that head maintained well into the beer. The nose on this beer was awesome. It had a very solid foundation of caramel malt, but the hop that followed was AWESOME. If there were ever candied hops, they would smell like this beer. Sweet and citrusy. There was a light toasted breadyness, but the hops are what define this one. Flavor initially brought caramel and melanoidans but moved very quickly to solid and chunky citrusy hop flavor. It finished with a mild, but very pleasing bitterness, with sweet grapefruity hop and mild caramel malty sweetness. Very very tasty beer here. The feel was moderate with a very fine carbonation, that really added to the experience. This was an excellent beer with bold flavors that knew exactly when to stop short of being too much. The bitter lingered just enough to keep me coming back for more, draining the pint in record time. This one blew my mind.

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Photo of jackorain
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 22 oz bomber at BevMo in pleasanton, CA. Poured it into two 11 oz. pilsners and shared with my wife.

A- very nice amber red color, a little cloudy. Nice 5/8 inch head somewhat foamy with a nice little peak that rose over the rim of the glass. Dwindled to a thin coat that provided a nice lacing during consumption.

S-Malty sweet, a litte bitter green hop. Could have been a little stronger.

T- Malty carmel up front, followed by a little green hop. The finish was a very strong lingering sweet carmel. Very, very good

M-Smooth, perfect carbonation, medium body-also extremely pleasing

D-Very drinkable

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Photo of fisherman34
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of pine, sweet malt, spent hops, and a bit of sour citrus fruit. Lots of caramel malt flavor, along with some earthy hops and a bit of roasty chocolate on the finish. Fairly creamy body with a solid bitter finish. Overall, the aroma wasn’t as good as I had expected (the spent hop note really put me off), but drinking the beer itself was quite nice.

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Photo of bwyker
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear maroon red, with a golden hued head. Moderate head retention, leaving a nice lace around the glass.

S: Molasses and hints of alcohol, with a noticeable piney hop bouquet.

T: Earthy hop flavor upfront with a tangy malt backbone. Hops stick around in the finish.

MF: Smooth with a kind of dry, bitter finish. Lasting hop bite that is much enjoyed.

D: Highly drinkable. Full of flavor, yet not overwhelming. Looking forward to trying the dry-hopped kegs!

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Photo of 1whiskey
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a standard pint glass.

Appears rather hazy, but a very reddish-brown. Somewhere between copper and garnet (like an old penny). Big frothy head.

Smell is underwhelming...just a mild piney hop scent.

More piney notes are notable on first taste. There is some molasses like malt sweetness, but it is subdued. There is a notable tea-like bitterness that seems a little to forward compared to everything else, though it is not entirely unpleasant. Very dry finish.

Crisply carbonated, this beer has a medium-light body and is highly drinkable.

This is a much more subtle brew that I expected from Rogue, but I still found it very enjoyable. Great on a hot day like today :) I probably would not seek this out, though.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewed with 2-row Harrington, Klages, and Munich malt with Hugh Baird 30-37, 13-17 Carastan and Crystal 70-80 malts with a yield of .39lbs of grain per bottle. Hopped with Chinook and Centennial.

13 Plato, 44 IBU's, A.A=73, 27 Lovibond.

12 oz bottle. ~$2 at Jack's. Pours out to a slightly hazy very dep crimson, forming a modest yellow head with average retention and sparse lacing. I didn't really pour this as aggressive as I should have. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is intense with caramel and honey with a ton of vanilla and spicy hops. The caramel is very strong but not buttery, thank heavens. The taste is very interesting. The first thing that stands out is the amount of grainy husky caramel and munich malt in here....tons of it, leaving a roasted husk taste on the tongue from beginning to end. Despite the intensely sweet nose, it's not overly sweet and there is a fair amount of Centennial flavor in the middle as well as a mild to moderate bitterness which sustains through the aftertaste. There are alot of residual sugars which I love about Rogue's brew thanks to the Pacman yeast. The hop presence is quite large in the aftertaste..the Chinook piney bitterness stands out.

Hrmm...this one is a mixed bag. This is definitely a quality brew, but the combination of caramel, pine and excessive grain husk leaves me not wanting to drink another. This is a very rich brew for my tastes. Definitely worth a try for those interested in red's as it's quite unique.

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Photo of rabsten
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass, dark red-brown amber with medium head, no lacing.

Malt doninates the nose with floral hop undertone. Smells familiar.

Dry maltiness with minor hop character. Tastes familiar too.

Mouthfeel. Fullness to it, with crisp beginning (first sip) followed by balanced, round finish. Nothing much going on. Drinkablilty is pretty good. This one went down quickly and I could easily have another one.

Hmmmm. I've got it! This brew tastes like "Arrogant Bastard Light." And that's a good thing, since SAB is on my short list. It's not as pretty as the Bastard, and not as assertive in the nose or palate, but it's definately in the ballpark. Add in the fact that at 5.1% it's available in WV... this is one worth coming back to.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A birthday gift from my y. brother. Many thanks. :)
Aroma has a great mix of malt and hoops. Nice chocolate quality to the malt with a sweet/sour hops in a light side.
Beautiful amber of mahogany. Clear. Full dense, rockly tan head.
Again with the great mix, although this one leans more towards hops/bitterness with the softnesss in the touch of chocolate, semi-sweet malt character. The bitternes is rather intense and extremely long in the finish. Grapefruit taste notable too.
Extremely fine carbonation that lends both sharpenss then smoothness (beyond a somewhat soft malt character). Seems a bit watery at times.
A lot going on and not all blends well. Would never turn it down, just tough against the standards this brewery has set. Bitterness not balanced that well.

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Photo of ScarletLady
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark copper color. A bit of a head and pretty much no lacing. That may have just been the tap system. I noticed that most of the beers poured that night were like that. It had good carbonation though. The taste struck me a mainstream. While good there was nothing unusual about it. Very drinkable and worth a try but certainly not on my top 3 favorite Rogue list.

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Photo of nickg902
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as a last bottle to complete a sixer. Was not too sure about this choice but was plesantly surprised. Pours an amber red color, with a small head, leaving little to no lacing on the glass. Aroma is of citrus and hops, perhaps a little brown sugar. Taste is heavy on the brown sugar, citrus fruits, apple and hops. Very balanced however, with no one flavor being too overpowering. Nice mild bitter hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation. Drinkability is high - very tasty brew with a complex taste. Not too overpowering, but enough flavor to keep you guessing. Would buy again, but definitely not the top amber ale out there.

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Photo of Phatz
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden coppery color leaning strongly towards red. Thick creamy beige head lasts for a good while and leads into a sticky lacing. Nice.

Smell: Some toasted malts and brown sugar or caramel come through in the nose; with a clean light hop greenness as well.

Taste: Interesting. This beer is heavy and thick sweet malts through the center, but it starts off crisp, and ends with a bitter hop kick. The bitter sticks around for a bit but it is not overly piney. There is nothing cloying in the beer but seams to swing back and forth. If you like the sweet malts and the dry finish; it is simple and tasty.

Mouthfeel: A bit sharp but after the initial bite it is pleasant but certainly not as smooth as could be. It does have a very solid malt backbone.

Drinkability: Decent. With outstanding beers in this style this one doesn't measure up to the greats, but is without a doubt tasty and refreshing and worth trying. It is easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

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